Auditor-General Report Highlights Waste

December 12, 2012

QUEEN’S PARK – The Auditor-General of Ontario released his 2012 Annual Report earlier today, showing how certain Government programs and agencies can improve their services and operations, and bringing to light examples of unacceptable waste of taxpayer’s dollars.

MPP Jim McDonell highlighted a recurring pattern: “Time and time again the Auditor-General exposes lack of project oversight, a cavalier attitude to public money, the absence of accountability measures and no results to justify the expense. For instance, the scrapped diabetes registry cost the Ministry and E-Health $24 million in internal costs. Five million dollars have been spent so far on an electronic prosecution information system that isn’t ready yet, while Alberta bought Manitoba’s system for $1. The implementation of the Presto card in the GTA is expected to cost over $700 million, yet the most expensive fare system in the world will not deliver the transit integration it was designed for. The DriveClean program costs Ontarians $30 million per year yet doesn’t influence vehicle emissions. The Government cannot spend this money without concerning itself about transparency, accountability and evaluation criteria.”

The Auditor-General further reviewed the process for placing seniors in Long-Term-Care homes and found the waiting lists to be growing while Community Care Access Centres cannot cope with their task.

MPP McDonell commented: “Thousands of seniors in SD&G are waiting for a long-term care bed. The waiting list in Ontario increased by 85%, and not enough facilities are being built to meet future demand. While our seniors face growing uncertainty, those charged with developing a diabetes registry spend taxpayer money on election strategizing and rubbing elbows with politicians. A majority PC Government led by Tim Hudak will ensure transparency and responsible oversight in all public projects.”